Skull Facial Bones

The facial skeleton (or the viscerocranium) shapes the characteristics of our face, protects vital organs in our head, and provides passage to important neurovascular structures.

The facial bones are joined together with fibrous, immobile joints called the sutures, except for the mandible which attaches to the skull by the mobile temporomandibular joint, facilitating the movements of the lower jaw and enabling actions such as mastication and speech.

There are fourteen facial bones, all of which are paired, except for two:

In this chapter, we will dive into the anatomical features of each of these bones with easy-to-digest illustrated tutorials. Learn this topic with video tutorials and advanced quizzes.